Was blown away with how quickly this rug arrived at our doorstep. Received an email that it had shipped and woke up to find it outside our front door the next day! Great rug. In daylight the background color looks cream colored. In artificial light (at night) the gold colortone becomes more apparent. Minimal shedding. Nothing out of the ordinary. We ordered the 9 x 12 and it is exactly 9x12.